Category Archives: Art

The Skaters

It is the Winter Olympics in Sochi so a good moment to highlight two skating portraits. The first and above is Henry Raeburn‘s The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch, better known by its shorter title The Skating Minister. This is … Continue reading

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Maclise Meets His Waterloo

  This wall painting, The Meeting of Wellington and Bluecher, is to be found in the Royal Gallery of the Westminster Palace (House of Lords),  London.  I have stood before it – you can’t miss it at 12 feet high and … Continue reading

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Turner Heaving Coals

Actually this is entitled Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight. Turner painted this  moonlit view of ships on the River Tyne in 1835. I had to look this up but keelmen were stevedores who largely transferred coal from barges (keels) to oceangoing vessels. … Continue reading

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The Red Vineyard

This may be the most important picture that you have never heard of. Certainly I had never heard of it. Nearing the end of “Van Gogh – The Life” by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, I was extremely surprised to discover … Continue reading

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The Angelus and Other Paintings by Jean-François Millet

The Angelus is an interesting painting on several levels. I have seen it in the Musée D’Orsay but will admit to not to having known anything of its history and background until recently. I am currently reading “Van Gogh – … Continue reading

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Constable Sees Red

Apart from the clouds, and Constable didn’t do bad clouds, this is really an awful mess of a painting. In 1832 Constable exhibited his Opening of Waterloo Bridge at the Royal Academy, a painting to which he attached great importance … Continue reading

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Desert Island Pics

With apologies to the long running BBC Radio4 series imagine, if you will, that you are marooned on a desert island. This desert island is rather unusual in that it has a similarly deserted gallery with room enough to hang … Continue reading

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